Molecular Biotechnology

Molecular biotechnology research within the PMBRC is focused on microbial genetics, metagenomics and biotransformation research projects. The research involves the identification and analysis of genes and enzymes involved in nitrile and cyanide metabolism, and also the study of the associated genetic elements and horizontal gene transfer. Real-Time PCR, DNA sequencing, functional metagenomics, PFGE and gene library screening are some of the techniques used in this research. The identified genes and enzymes can be used in bioremediation and in the targeted synthesis of enantiomerically pure compounds.